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Short Description: Students learn that elements are the basic building blocks of all things found on Earth and in space including water, the human body, the Earth, the Sun, and the planets. By counting elements extracted from a simulated sample, students explore how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of elements from the solar wind. This hands-on experience helps students discover that the elemental abundances from the Sun can be used as a baseline to compare with the diverse bodies of our solar system.
Formation of the Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8
Our Solar System,
Genesis (Our Solar System)
Science Education Standards: National Science Education Standards Addressed
Physical Science Grades 5-8
Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter
• There are more than 100 known elements that combine in a multitude of ways to produce compounds which account for the living and nonliving substances that we encounter
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics Addressed
Data Analysis and Probability Grades 6-8
Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them
• Select, create, and use appropriate graphical representations of data, including histograms, box plots, and scatterplots
National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers
Technology Productivity Tools
Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
• Grades 6-8: Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations to support learning and research.
Technology Research Tools
Students use technology tools to process data and report results
• Grades 6-8: Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems
Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory